Afternoon Energy Boosters
Feeling lazy after lunchtime? Follow these tips for beating the afternoon energy slump.
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Another option: shed some light on the subject. A study published in 2006
found that brief (about 20 minutes) exposure to a bright white light increased
alertness and boosted the brain's responses." Melatonin can't be produced in
the presence of bright light," Breus tells WebMD. "If you know you usually feel
sleepy around 2:30 or 3 p.m., go out for a walk around 2:15."
What about closing your door and taking a nap? It's tempting. "Catnaps are
great -- unless you have insomnia. There's evidence now showing that the last
time you were asleep affects how long it takes you to fall asleep at night,"
says Breus. But if you aren't struggling to sleep at night, a quick catnap can
help with that energy crash midafternoon. Just don't sleep too long! The length
of the nap will determine how good you feel. About 20 minutes works quite well,
but much longer than that and you will wake up feeling terrible."